All Oregonians 16+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by May 1

Oregonians 16 and older will be able to line up for a shot starting May 1.

Posted: Mar 17, 2021 5:21 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 5:50 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- All Oregon residents will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning May 1. That's according to state health officials.

Last week, following President Joe Biden's pledge to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she would not change the state's eligibility schedule until she was sure the state would receive enough vaccines.

Since then Oregon officials said they have received an order from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that directs vaccination sites to make the change with eligibility.

Speaking on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud podcast, Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said that the state will comply with the federal request.

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